Invisalign is a nearly invisible orthodontic technology used to correct an array of dental irregularities, both mild and severe, using a sequence of custom-made plastic aligners.
Here’s how it works: Based on the dental issues you wish to correct, your dentist will devise a customized treatment plan for you, issuing you a series of custom-crafted dental aligners to wear. When worn, the transparent aligners will work to exert a gentle pressure on your teeth, gradually shifting them into place. Roughly every two weeks, you’ll be asked to exchange your current set of invisalign aligners with a newer pair, thus advancing your treatment.
Unlike other orthodontic alternatives, Invisalign comes with none of the aesthetically unpleasant brackets or wires that come to mind when most people think of the word “braces.” In fact, because of its discreetness and cosmetic draw, actors like Katherine Heigl, Eva Longoria, and Tom Cruise; tennis star Serena Williams; and supermodel Gisele Bundchen have used Invisalign to straighten their teeth while in the public eye.
What is the Procedure for Getting Invisalign
Invisalign is a popular, modern orthodontic technology that allows you to straighten your teeth without drawing attention to the fact that you’re wearing orthodontic appliances. Here’s what you can expect during the course of your orthodontic treatment:
If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign and determining if the treatment is right for you, your first step is to schedule an appointment with a Preferred Invisalign Provider, like Texas Dental. During your appointment, you and your dentist will go over your case and he or she will answer any questions or concerns you may have about Invisalign treatments, costs or insurance coverage.
Customized Treatment Plan
During this next phase of treatment, your dentist will take X-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth in order to create your customized Invisalign treatment plan. With Invisalign, most patients achieve a straight, healthy smile within 1 to 2 years.
Start Wearing Invisalign
At this time, you’ll be presented with a succession of clear, BPA-free aligners crafted specifically for your mouth and designated treatment plan. For best results, wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day.
Change aligners out every two weeks
Rather than coming in for “tightening” appointments, as one might with traditional braces, Invisalign simply requires you to transition to the next set of aligners in your treatment plan. Simply pop in the next aligners in your sequence, and you’re good to go for another two weeks. Every six weeks or so, you’ll have a brief check-up appointment to ensure that your treatment is going smoothly. Though every case is different, the average Invisalign patient can expect to wear aligners between one and two years.
Congratulations! Your patience has paid off, and you are now rewarded with the picture-perfect smile you’ve always wanted. To protect your investment and ensure your straight teeth stay in their proper position, we recommend consulting your dentist about wearing retainers.